I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ’s crucifixion binds us together as beloved children of God

The readings for the Third Sunday of Lent focus on what the heart sees but the eyes don't.

In the Book of Exodus, God communicates His covenant to His people in order to form them into a community of love. To do this, they will need a common set of teachings and beliefs, hence the Ten Commandments.

This set of beliefs, if lived, will bind them to their God but also establish Godly principles in their heart, and these principles will unite them into a community.

Dear Father | At the crucifixion, Jesus unites with those who feel God is absent from their lives

Father John Mayo

Q: What did Jesus really mean when from the cross He said, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

POPE’S MESSAGE | God excludes no one from his love; offers mercy, not hate,

Pope Francis greeted Lizzy Myers of Mansfield, Ohio, at his general audience April 6 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Myers, who has a disease that is gradually rendering her blind and deaf, met the pope as part of her “visual bucket list.”

VATICAN CITY — Jesus brought humanity God's merciful, saving love, not hatred and animosity, Pope Francis said.

"Jesus makes visible a love open to everyone — nobody excluded — open to everyone without bounds," he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square April 6.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ's crucifixion and resurrection show His depth of commitment to us

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

There is a story about a conversation of the pig and the chicken living on the family farm. They were discussing what kind of Sunday morning breakfast they might offer their host family. The chicken suggested a breakfast of ham and eggs. The pig was quick to reply: "Yes, for you that is charity; for me, it is commitment."

If the readings for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross are about anything, they are about the Son of God's commitment to make our life better, no matter what the personal cost.

Pope says he cried over images of Christians allegedly crucified

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he cried when he recently saw images of Christians allegedly killed by crucifixion.

"Still today there are people who kill, who persecute in the name of God," he said May 2 during the homily at the early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence. And still today there are Christians who, like the Apostles, are "happy to be judged worthy of suffering dishonor for Christ's name."

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